Progress is happening on the Lettered Roots Office Reno project. In fact, I’m so excited I can share my curtain tutorial with you today. If you don’t know about my office reno, catch up here:
I’ve shared in a previous post, that until now, I have always owned my home, so not being able to paint or add decorative trim or make built-ins is challenging for me, but home is home regardless of whether it’s temporary or more permanent. There are so many other people living in rental homes who want to make their space feel cozy. So my goal in all this is to help give some encouragement and inspiration to others who are facing the challenge of design in a rental. To add fuel to the fire, I also wanted this project to be as budget friendly as possible.
When thinking about curtains for the space, I wasn’t looking to spend much and we both know you can spend a pretty penny on curtains if you want to. I brainstormed some possible options which resulted in this list:
-Purchase ready-made curtains using a coupon
-Find budget friendly fabric in the clearance bin and sew curtains myself
-Score some amazing, gently-used curtains from the thrift store and modify them/add embellishments, etc.
-Use a tablecloth and modify it into curtains
-Use a bed sheet and modify it into curtains
I spent an afternoon shopping, looking at options and realized that:
A. Even with a coupon, I would need two panels and it was probably still going to go over my budget
B. Not only was the clearance fabric in the fabric store still over budget, but I would have to seriously compromise on design by settling with something I wasn’t going to be happy with.
C. The odds of finding a set of curtains in a thrift store that are gently used AND able to be modified to fit my design are probably pretty slim.
D. A tablecloth is a great idea but the design choices are much more limited and it would have to be made of cloth, not plastic.
E. A bed sheet would be perfect, if I could find a color and design I like.
So finally, after probably an hour in the fabric aisles, almost settling on a fabric but not really loving it, I decided to head over to Target and check out their sheets.
Keeping my design colors in mind, I stumbled across these curtains in the children’s bedding section of Target:
I thought the color went really well with my Lettered Roots sign and they weren’t too busy to distract from it. So I bought them! They cost less than $20 and I would have extra fabric to use for other projects if needed.
These curtains were super easy to make. Even if you’re not skilled in using a sewing machine, you can make these easily, today!
- A set of twin size sheets
- Pins to hold hems in place
- Sewing Machine and thread or Stitch Witchery (which can be found in any DIY store such as Hobby Lobby)
- An iron
Step 1: Start by folding your fabric in half and ironing it.
Once you have a good fold, it’ll be easier for you to cut the sheet in half, making a straight line.
Step 2: After you have cut the sheet in half, you will have to decide whether you are going to sew the curtains or use Stitch Witchery. If you’re not familiar with Stitch Witchery, I promise, it’s not witchcraft funny business. 🙂
Stitch Witchery is tape that bonds to fabric with heat. It is used in many different projects such as appliqué and fixing things such as hems, etc. If you’re not a seamstress (not that I am) and don’t have access to a sewing machine (thanks, mom!), but what you do have is an iron, have no fear; you can still do this!
I chose to sew mine, just because I have a sewing machine and I’m somewhat familiar with how to use it and wanted the stitching to show.
Step 3: The cool thing about a sheet, is that it already has a nicely sewn bottom. Don’t make the same mistake I did and try to hang the curtain from the pocketed side of the sheet. It will be much more of a nightmare for you. Instead, use this as the bottom of your curtain. Once you have the side seams either sewn or Stitch Witched, you can fold and create a pocket from which to hang the curtain.
Step 4: Now, you, my friend, are going to create way better curtains than me because you will already know to use the existing pocket as the bottom of your curtain. So right now, you should have a raw upper portion of sheet. You will need to create a pocket that is large enough to slide your curtain rod through.
You’ll want to measure your window to make sure your curtains are the length you want because it may need to be trimmed. I prefer hanging my curtains high, so I didn’t need to trim any length off. If you’re making shorter curtains though, this is a step you don’t want to miss.
Once you have the length and preferred pocket width, pin it, iron it, and either sew the seam across or use Stitch Witchery to secure your seam. Make sure you do not sew the sides shut, otherwise you won’t be able to get your curtain rod through. You are simply sewing across the width of the curtain.
Step 5: Hang and enjoy!
The light streaming through creates a nice, turquoise glow throughout my office which is perfect because I love natural light. Coincidence? Or does my Father know my heart?
I, the Lord, examine the mind,
I test the heart
to give to each according to his way,
according to what his actions deserve. – Jeremiah 17:10
No, He knows my heart. 😉